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OPEN HEAVEN 2023 DEVOTIONAL WAS WRITTEN BY PASTOR E.A. ADEBOYE AND PASTOR MRS. FOLU ADEBOYE OF THE REDEEM CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD (RCCG) NIGERIA.
Open Heaven Devotional, November 26th, 2023
TOPIC: REAL PROMOTION
MEMORISE: For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. Psalm 75:6
SCRIPTURE READING: BIBLE TEXT 1 Samuel 13:8-14
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Romans 8-10
HYMN 30: When We Walk With The Lord
1. When we walk with the Lord,
In the light of His word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey!
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.
2. But we never can prove
The delights of His love,
Until all on the altar we lay,
For the favour He shows
And the joy He bestows
Are for them who will trust and obey. [Refrain]
3. Then in fellowship sweet
We will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way,
What He says we will do,
Where He sends we will go,
Never fear, only trust and obey. [Refrain]
There are different types of promotions. When a human being promotes you, don’t rejoice too much because it is temporary.
However, when God promotes you, you are really promoted. Even though you become the president of a country like America, you can only hold the position for a maximum of eight years.
When man promotes, it is temporary; only God gives real promotion that no one can interfere with.
Since we know now that the only way to really make progress in life is to be promoted by God, then we need to find out His criteria for promotion.
God promoted David from being a shepherd boy to becoming the king of Israel for one simple reason – David was sold out to the will of God (Acts 13:22).
David was not a man to argue with God. With David, God’s wish was his command.
The reason God gave Jesus a name that is above every other is what He said in John 4:34:
“…My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work”.
In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus wished the cup of suffering for the sins of the world could be taken away from Him, but He said to God, “Not my will but yours be done” (Luke 22:42).
When Jesus was teaching His disciples to pray, one of the prayer points He mentioned was:
“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven”
God wants His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Therefore, when He sees someone willing to do His will, He promotes that fellow to a position of authority.
If God promotes somebody because the fellow started in humility and submission to Him, but along the line begins to disregard His instructions, that fellow would be demoted immediately.
That is what happened to Saul in 1 Samuel 15:24-28. Saul started out well, but somewhere in-between, he preferred to please the people over doing God’s will.
Some people have been asking God to promote them, but they have no regard for His will. Promotion will only come when you surrender completely to God’s will.
PRAYER POINT: Father, if there is any impurity in me that I arn refusing to let go easily, please take it away by force, in Jesus’ name.
PRAYER OF SALVATION
Please say this prayer.
I come to you, Lord Jesus. I admit that I am a sinner, and I want to be right with you. I ask you to forgive me for all my sins. Wash Me Away from All Unrighteousness and Cleanse Me Clean Today. The Bible says if I confess with my mouth that “Jesus is Lord” and believe in my heart that God raised me,
Thank you for saying that prayer. You are in Christ now. Old things have passed away. HALLELUYAH